Expand ("E")   Collapse

Age: Female

Sex: 57

Indication: Nasopharyngeal mass

Tornwaldt Cyst

Mimicking Malignancy



Findings Relating to the Mimic

  • Well-circumscribed , nonenhancing cystic lesion along the midline posterior nasopharynx anterior to the longus colli musculature, compatible with a benign tornwaldt cyst.


Discussion

  • Tornwaldt cysts are frequently seen as an incidental finding and are benign/developmental in etiology.
  • They are characteristically cystic, rounded/oval, well-circumscribed, and located in the nasopharynx immediately deep to the mucosa, midline, and anterior to the longus colli muscles.
  • Usually can be differentiated from malignancy given their characteristic appearance and location.
  • Rarely they can become infected, cause nasal obstruction, or Eustachian dysfunction.



📣 Feedback?

⌨️  Keyboard Shortcuts ("K")
Related Cases
None
References
  • None.

⌨️ Keyboard Shortcuts

View shortcuts

Zoom/Pan

  Full screen

  Window/Level

  Expand/collapse

  Scroll

  Save the case

  Close case/tab

Previous Slice (Scroll)

Next Slice (Scroll)

 Toggle presets

 Previous series (if multiple)

 Next series (if multiple)

  Previous case (⌘ ◄ on a mac)

  Next case (⌘ ► on a mac)